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'Knitted knockers' for women after breast surgery

Women who've had breast surgery after cancer may choose to have reconstructive surgery or silicon prosthetics. But now there's an alternative using old technology - knitting. Women are making prosthetics breasts, and they're called 'knitted knockers'.

Women from around the country meet every couple of months to knit the false breasts - and they do it for nothing. So far, they've made a given away more than 2,000 'knitted knockers'. Mark Gough reports.

The midwife who saved a baby's life

A Hampshire mother says she can't thank her midwife enough for saving her baby's life. Nikki Legg form Waterlooville had complications in the final weeks of her pregnancy.

Her close relationship with the maternity staff at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth ensured baby Jameson survived. And gave mother Nikki the confidence to have a second child as Sally Simmonds reports.

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Toddlers waddle in support of Faye Burdett's Meningitis campaign

Parents and children have come out in support of a family battling for the Meningitis B vaccine to be given to all children - after their daughter died from the illness earlier this year.

An online petition calling for the move has become the most signed in Parliamentary history, following the death of two year old Faye Burdett in February.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Faye's parents Neil and Jenny, and Rachel Cattell, organiser of today's event.

Autism story transformed for the big screen

A man who's spent his life campaigning for autism awareness is having his story of growing up with the condition transformed for the big screen.

The short film follows Kevin Healey's struggles with bullying, his obsessions, and his family's battle to get a diagnosis.

People from across the UK, many with difficulties and disabilities of their own, have auditioned for a part. Charlotte Cross went to meet them.

Sarah Parish helps to raise £2m for hospital

She's starred in some great British TV dramas including Cutting it, Peak Practice and Mistresses - and she'll be in Broadchurch 3 when it returns to ITV next year.

Actress Sarah Parish spends much of her time supporting a charity close to her heart. In 2009, her daughter Ella Jayne died of a rare heart defect at Southampton General Hospital - she was just eight months old.

Sarah and her husband, fellow actor James Murray, set up a Trust which is now helping to raise £2m to build a new children's emergency and trauma department in Southampton.

More details about Sarah's fundraising here.

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Actress plans to raise £2m for Southampton hospital

She's starred in some great British TV dramas including Cutting it, Peak Practice, Mistresses and she'll be in Broadchurch 3 - when it returns to ITV next year.

But the actress Sarah Parish - when not on the stage or our screens - spends much of her time supporting a charity close to her heart.

In 2009, her daughter Ella Jayne sadly died of a rare heart defect at Southampton General Hospital - she was just eight months old.

Sarah and her husband set up a Trust which is now helping to raise £2m to build a new children's emergency and trauma department in Southampton.

Kerry Swain talked to Kimberley Malone; Jason Barling, Children's Emergency Department Consultant; and Tabytha Greenhalgh, mother.

Hampshire Health Trust Chief Exec quits

Ursula Ward had been Chief Exec for 12 years Credit: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

The Chief Executive of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has stepped down.

Ursula Ward held the position for 12 years before announcing her departure today.

A statement was released from the hospital board this morning.

Under Ursula's leadership we have always put the patient at the centre of everything we do here in Portsmouth, and we remain focussed on our patient centred care.

Ursula has taken the decision to leave her position at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, having successfully held the position of Chief Executive for 12 years.

The Board would like to thank Ursula for her valued contribution and dedication and wish her every success in the future.

The search for a new Chief Executive will start immediately and in the immediate term arrangements have been made to appoint Tim Powell, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, as Interim Chief Executive.

– Trust statement

'Sooner or later someone is going to lose their life' Patients slam private ambulance service

Shambolic. That's how patients have described a new private ambulance transport service being used by the NHS across Sussex.

Dozens of patients - including some with cancer - say they've been let down with two hour delays, missed appointments and even operations.

The provider Coperforma only took over the service seven weeks ago but protesters are already calling for their contract to be terminated.

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Alan Keenes, Coperforma driver, cancer patient Elizabeth Towner, Gary Palmer, from the GMB, and former ambulance driver Malcolm Neeves.

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